After God made their deliverance from Egypt complete through the Red Sea experience, the Israelites were able to proceed on their journey toward the Promise Land without fear of Pharaoh. However, after only a few days, the joy of their salvation was replaced with concern and complaint about the basic necessities of life. They had no water and their food supplies were running low. Rather than meet these needs immediately, God used their appetites and desires to create an opportunity to teach them to trust in His provision. He turned bitter water sweet, led them to an abundance of shade and fresh water, and then began to provide consistently through manna each morning. All along, God was testing them to see if they would trust and obey Him. His intention was to build a commitment to Him in their hearts that would endure through every season of life. In the same way, God leads us through periods of want and periods of prosperity to teach us to trust in His provision and to test our obedience to His instructions. Having set us free from sin, God desires us to live as free people: Dependent on Him and controlled by His grace.